Jun 2

Ginger Lemon Tea

Dinesh and I spent an extremely pleasurable 5 days with Prama and Ranji Bhandari at their very beautiful home in Delhi. Prama aunty is a brilliant cook and i made her share some of her secret recipes with me…

We shared many meals amidst sparkling conversation and super tasty food and one of the things i couldn’t get enough of was this superbly refreshing lemon ginger tea… Here’s the recipe πŸ™‚

For 2 glasses of tea

In a vessel heat 3 glasses of water. Grate a 3 inch piece of ginger and add it to the water. Add to this the juice of 1 big, full lemon (limbu). Bring it to a boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes.Β  Take it off the heat and add 3 tablespoons of good organic honey or maple syrup. You may add more honey (or maple syrup) if you prefer it sweeter.

Strain and serve piping hot.

It’s astonishingly tasty, tangy and fresh… and makes a perfect before dinner drink!

The lemons we used were from a lovely tree growing in garden and i am sure part of the magic of the tea was because of them πŸ™‚

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

ps there were a few comments about forgetting to add tea leaves πŸ™‚ … Well, tea means any herb or fruit which has been brewed (boiled), and in the ginger lemon tea, we brew ginger and lemon, it’s still called tea, and no we don’t need to put in any tea leaves at all πŸ™‚

Jun 1

One Worder

Q. Guruji, how do you feel, when so many people expect you to solve all their problems?

A. (a very brief thoughtful pause) Normal!

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The bald guy next to Guruji is Phillip, my first Advance course teacher

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Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

ps The blog should change its look at 7 pm every evening and reset to the original at 7 am … hopefully it should work for you at your local time (which it will pick off your computer) … did you like it? Rupal and Prasanth again put in many hours of work to get the design just so! πŸ™‚

pps I still have some more ideas up my sleeve, keep looking for cute little changes here and there in the coming weeks πŸ™‚

May 29

Minoo Mama

He was my grandmother’s brother. The last one of their generation. He died quite peacefully a few days ago at age 97. He as full of fun and mischief and all of us used to love to be with him. He went to work in his old firm of chartered accountants till a few weeks ago… A grand old man indeed!

We cousins had many great parties over Parsi New Year at his house. He was the only one we knew who had an air conditioner installed in his house, way back in the 1980s… And all of us, little runts at that time, would switch it on and sit right in the cold, cold air blast, dreaming about a time when even we could have this wonder machine in our own houses…

Here are 2 anecdotes about him, that still makes all of us laugh out aloud πŸ™‚

Whenever anyone asked Minoo mama his age, he would say he is 58. We would say cmon, what’s your real age, and he woould say its 58… adding that years ago a girl had asked him his age and he told her 58 and now if he changed it he would have lied to her… so he was forever 58 πŸ™‚ … Though lately he had started telling us that he was 91 years old, still subtracting 5-6 years from his real age πŸ™‚

He was quite the party animal, and returned in the wee hours of the morning and got into bed, only to be awakened by the shrill ringing of the telephone in a few hours… When he answered the phone he was told that one of his very good friends had died and that the funeral was in an hour and would he be coming?

In an answer extremely typical of him, he retorted back… Of course i am not going for his funeral! Whats the point?! he wont be coming for mine! πŸ™‚

Even though being an Art of Living teacher is so utterly non conformistic to the ideas he had in mind for me, he did accept it eventually, and he was quite proud of me for doing what i am doing in his own gruff way…

I am sure wherever he is now, he is regaling people with stories of what he did, and now that he is dead, he might for all you know regaling people with stories of all that he did in all his lifetimes, not just this one πŸ™‚

We all love you Minoo Mama

Jai Gurudeva!

khurshed

ps i dont have any photo of his… will put it up as soon as i get one… meanwhile, you guys just imagine what he might have looked like!

May 28

We lost? :)

Today, while returning home from school…

Urvi: Tu sais maman, dans un match, l’important c’est qu’on participe.
(You know maman, in a game the important thing is to participate).

C’est pas important de gagner tout le temps.
(Its not really important to win all the time).

Urvi's Art

Urvi's Art

Si on gagne, on peut avoir un prix, un cadeau…
(If you win, you can get a prize).

Mais c’est rien!
(But its nothing really).

A l’interieur de nous, rien ne change…
(Nothing inside us really changes…)

p.s: Today at sports, Urvi’s team lost the match.

Urvi is about 6 years old. From Suparna’s blog

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

May 27

Sesame Tofu

Cut up a packet of (preferably firm) tofu (about 200 gms) into approximately 1-inch cubes. On a tray (I used a cutting board) spread out 3-4 tablespoons of sesame seeds. Put the tofu pieces on the seeds and gently press each piece, so that the seeds get stuck to the tofu piece. Coat the tofu on all sides with the sesame seeds like this.
Put cooking oil in a frying pan so as to cover the bottom of the pan and heat it. Add 2-3 dried red chilies and fry them for a bit. Reduce heat to medium and carefully add the tofu pieces into the oil. Cook for about 5 minutes and then gently turn the tofu pieces over to the other side, taking care not to dislodge the sesame and cook further for another 5 minutes or so, till it turns a yummy light golden brown. Don’t overcook.
Gently remove the tofu pieces and the red chilies. If you don’t like too much sesame, you could scoop out some of the sesame seeds left over in the oil as well. Discard the red chilies or save them up for someone like dinesh πŸ™‚

To the same oil, add 2-3 pieces of finely chopped ginger and cook till browned. Add 2 thinly sliced carrots and cook as long as you like. Some people like their carrots well done, I like mine crunchy. Add a handful of par boiled green peas, and just stir it around on low heat for 1-2 minutes. Wash and slice 5-6 mushrooms into chunky pieces and add these in last. Add 3-5 tablespoons of soya sauce (I used tamari which is quite strong so used just 2 tablespoons). Optionally also add 3-4 tablespoons of oyster sauce (this is vegetarian, don’t worry πŸ™‚ ).

Cook on medium heat for another 3-5 minutes till everything is coated with the sauces and cooked to your taste. A generous handful of finely chopped spinach or bak choy also tastes really nice in this.

Finally gently add in the tofu pieces and carefully toss for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately with hot toasted buttered whole wheat bread.

You can also use sesame oil instead of the olive oil, but then it can become quite spicy.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

May 25

What’s Love?

I get asked this question a lot … Here are some answers from the people who know, 4 to 8 year old children πŸ™‚

‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’

‘Love is when my mummy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’

‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,’

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’

‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared… I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’

‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day’

‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’

‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’

Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

ps What do you guys think Love is? comment away πŸ™‚

pps My internet was down for a few days, a wire had snapped… and i really wanted to approve all the comments asap… it was almost 2 am when i had my first chance to do that, and i am afraid while sifting thru the spam folder, i may have mistakenly deleted some legitimate comments … Also, there was one person who had posted a link about something negative on the net about Art of Living and few people had commented on that, all those have been deleted. When you visit a site like that, it gets a “hit” and becomes more “popular” on search engines. So, do not visit these sick sites and give them traffic and PLEASE dont post links of these sites on this blog. Many times they post sensational stuff, simply to get hits. And if, by mistake some comment like this slips thru, then make it a point to email me and tell me, so i can delete it asap.

ppss Keep checking the blog after 7 pm Indian time … today or in a few days, you might get a small (nice) surprize πŸ™‚

May 20

We lost!?

I have had many questions along this line, on email, phone, as comments on the blog, etc:

Q. We have lost the elections. What should be our plan of action now?

A. We (Art of Living) did not loose the elections. We did not even contest the elections :). The BJP along with many other parties lost to the Congress.

Our plan of action remains what it has always been. Enrol people onto courses, do Sadhana, Seva and Satsang regularly, spread and enjoy the Glorious Knowledge, love and cherish our Guru and basically celebrate everything! πŸ™‚

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

May 19

Whipping Cream

For whipping the cream, you need to prepare a bit:

First get yourself some nice (whipping) cream and put it in the fridge, not the freezer, so that its very cold but not frozen, few hours is enough. Don’t use the Amul fresh cream that you get in the tetra pack. This method doesn’t work with this cream. You will need to ask for whipping cream or double cream from a good dairy. In Bangalore you get it in Spar.

You will need 2 bowls, one big, you will be making an ice bath in it for the second smaller bowl. Put these in the freezer, so they are very cold. Also, the beater parts of your electric whipper (don’t even try this by hand) can be put in the freezer to make very cold. You will also need ice and a bottle of cold water.

Once everything is cold, move fairly quickly.

In the big bowl, pour some of the cold water and a few ice cubes and place the smaller bowl in that ice bath. Add the cream to the smaller bowl, till its about 1/3rd full, definitely not more than 1/2 full.

Cream for whipping in the ice bath

Cream for whipping in the ice bath

Whip the cream with your whipper, until soft peaks form when you remove the beater.

Soft peaks form in the cream

Soft peaks form in the cream

Now, add some powdered sugar (you can make it by powdering organic crystal sugar, khadi shakkar or mishri), about 2 tablespoons for 1 liter of cream is enough, add more if you want it sweeter. Finally add a tablespoon of vanilla essence. Whip again. And stop in about a minute if you want cream that forms soft peaks.

If you whip too long, the cream will separate and you will get butter, so be careful about that. Just before the cream becomes butter, it will get a very slight yellowish tinge. Stop whipping immediately then.

Stiffly whipped cream will form firm peaks and the blender will leave a trail in the cream.

Yummy delicious Whipped Cream

Yummy delicious Whipped Cream

Put the whipped cream into the fridge… it stays for some time, people say 1 week or so. I don’t know, every time i make whipped cream it gets over in about 6 minutes πŸ™‚

Here is a very nice video for whipping cream

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

May 18

We all are intelligent!

On his birthday at Bimmerale Hall, Oppenau near Bad Antogast, where people from almost every country were present, Guruji askedΒ for a birthday gift from all of us. He said that all of you have to give me a birthday gift.
birthday-gift-balloon
You all have to promise that each of you will realize how beautiful each one of you are. Only when you understand how beautiful you are, truth can dawn and with truth divinity dawns. That is satyam shivam sundaram, only we go the other way round, beauty first, then truth and then divinity. He said that we should ask others whether they feel they are beautiful. If they say they feel ugly then tell them that whatever they do will also be ugly. If you feel beautiful everything you do will be beautiful, you will spread beauty.

He said when he first came to europe what struck him the most were the beautiful flowers in all colours on the landscape. He said that everybody does not see and appreciate them but that is not the flowers’ problem. Similarly if people do not see your beauty it is their foolishness, that is not your problem πŸ˜‰

He said the sign of intelligent people is that they spend their time in celebration, fun, music and introspection. Foolish people spend time in complaints and addictions. He looked around at the celebration around him ( a four storied cake, water pistol, flowers, music and dance from almost every coutry) and said, “so we all are intelligent”.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

May 16

Grass

Pooja, a joke for you and all our lawyers and wanna be lawyers πŸ™‚

One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the road-side eating grass. He ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate. He asked one man, “Why are you eating grass?” “We don’t have any money for food,” the poor man replied. “We have to eat grass.”

“Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I’ll feed you,” the lawyer said.

“But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree.”

“Bring them along,” the lawyer replied.

Turning to the other poor man he stated, “You come with us, also. The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, “But sir, I also have a wife and SIX children with me!”

“Bring them all, as well,” the lawyer answered.

They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine was. Once underway, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.”

The lawyer replied, “Glad to do it. You’ll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high!!”

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

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